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Discuss narrative point of view and other literary elements in To The Lighthouse. Comment on narrative point of view, imagery, tone, irony, characterization, structure, plot, and setting.

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Virginia Woolf is known for her use of shifting narrative perspectives and this quality is certainly true of this novel. Presenting the narrative through the perspectives of various characters using stream of conscious narration, Woolf creates a subjective story type, where mental life replaces plot as the central narrative concern. 

The novel's structure is dominated by the shifting and free flowing nature of Woolf's stream of consciousness narration. In the first section of the novel, the fluid movement from one narrator to the next is the most distinct aspect of the novel's structure. The separation of the book into distinct parts demonstrates a shift in time. 

This use of stream of consciousness narration becomes the primary tool of characterization in the novel. We learn most about a...

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